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Topic: Enter (02/27/06)
TITLE: A Child's Broken Heart
By Ellen Lynam
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“Jonathan, time for bed. Brush your teeth and head for your room. I’ll be there in a minute to tuck you in,” said Mom, from the kitchen.
A few minutes later, Brenda went to Jonathan’s room and found him already in bed, but with tears streaming down his cheeks.
“Jonathan, what’s wrong?” asked Mom, as she put her arms around him.
Sobbing, Jonathan said, “I want Jesus to save me, but Jesus didn’t choose me. He chose the other boys and girls to be saved. I want him to love me, but he doesn’t.”
“Oh, honey,” said Brenda, “The Bible says that Jesus loves everyone and that anyone can be saved. Do you remember the verse you learned in Sunday school that tells you that God loves the world? You memorized that verse, it was John 3:16.
Sobbing even harder now, he shook his head, yes. “I remember the verse, but I know that Jesus doesn’t love me, because I asked Him to save me, but He didn‘t choose me.
“Why do you think Jesus didn’t choose you, Jonathan?
“I know he didn’t because I didn’t feel any different when I asked Him.”
Brenda hugged Jonathan to her and reached for his Bible that was on the nightstand. “ Jonathan, the Bible doesn’t tell us that when Jesus saves us we will feel any different, does it? The Bible tells us that we must believe what God said about His son dying on the cross to take away our sins. He promised that if we believe in Him, we would be able to live with Him forever. It also says that he takes away all our sins. All we have to do is ask Him and believe what He said he’ll do.”
“Let’s look at another verse in the Bible and see what it says. Here, read Acts 16:31. Do you remember the story about Paul being in prison and then the earthquake coming? Remember, the jail keeper asked Paul what he had to do to be saved? What did Paul tell him?”
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved…” I learned that verse too,” said Jonathan, beginning to get calmer. Mom, can I ask Jesus to save me again?”
“Sure, said Brenda.” Why don’t you bow your head right now and you talk to Jesus. Tell Him you want Him to save you and that you are sorry for sinning.”
Jonathan bowed his head and, with tears running down his cheeks, asked Jesus to forgive him for sinning and being naughty and please save Him, because he loved him and wanted to live with him forever.
Jonathan looked up at Brenda with shining eyes and such joy on his face, when he had finished praying, and said, “Mom, Jesus saved me.”
Jonathan and his mom went to find Dad and tell him what Jonathan had just done.
Later that evening, Brenda looked at Joe and said, ‘Why do you think Jonathan would think that God hadn’t chosen him to be saved?“
Joe said, “Maybe it’s because we chose him to be adopted and not the other children. He might think that God does that also. You never know how children think. We have to be so careful and prayerful when dealing with kids. But, Praise the Lord! He has entered into the family of God.”
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